Elephants bring good luck, we say. Some people even have elephant figures at their homes. Tiny animals made of glass, porcelain, clay or whatever else, proudly and happily hold their trunks up. Like they would be trying to catch the luck and give it to us as a gift.
Don’t you think that elephants are beautiful, majestic and free? Born wild, they belong to the nature, not to the human households. Turning them into a livestock is a cruel abuse, an act of unresponsible, unnecessary violence. This mistreatment is more common than you would like it to be.
Have you ever heard the word phajaan? It describes process of elephants domestification. Process, that installs fear in these great species, that breaks them. Domesticised elephants are forced to labour and used in tourist businesses.
Of course, I understand why elephant ride attracts people. I know they are sweet and exotic and you just can’t help yourself not to cuddle them.
Most of us would probably like to try it.
Most of us would probably like to pay for this illusion of getting into the wild.
Most of us probably wouldn’t think about a real cost of this entertainment.
Abandoned baby animals
You name it
How can we help?
Purchase the Travel Blogging Calendar. All the raised funds will go to the Save Elephant Foundation. Travel Blogging Calendar will allow you to travel around the world weekly, thanks to blog posts by fellow travel bloggers.
Spread the word through social media channels.
Enter the contest and win a $2000 voucher from Flight Network towards a flight to Thailand and an week-long, customizable tour provided the great adventure travel start up Where the Sidewalk Ends. The tour is for two people and it includes visiting the Elephant Nature Park!
Elephants have been bringing us good luck for centuries. Now it’s our turn to give it back.